Our backyard garden in 2008 when we lived in Hollister, California.
San Benito County has slightly warmer winters than Calaveras and Amador County so we could get away with some sub-tropical plants like Kangaroo Paw, but it was cold enough perennials like yarrow did well, too.
We removed the scruffy lawn that was there when we moved in and replaced it with a water-permeable gravel path and raised beds. We made tomato towers by rolling concrete reinforcing wire into large tubes which were staked into the ground. Though we only grew eight tomato plants that way, the indeterminate plants were happy as could be and anyone who came to visit left with a sack of lovely sun-ripened tomatoes. We’ve tried that here in here in Copperopolis but unfortunately the deer, gophers, raccoons, opossums and birds think our vegetables are for them. We’ve had much more luck container gardening on the porch and in other select and sheltered positions around the house.